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This is honestly awesome! It hasn’t even been a month since I started my blog and I’ve already been nominated for this awesome Sunshine Blogger Award! As a matter of fact, the nomination came in within a week of starting! (It just took me a really long time to write, sorry!)
But, I finally have some time to write and now here it is. My version of the sunshine blogger award!
I’d like to thank Stefanie, the creator of The Hidden Coconut for the nomination, it really was a surprise for my first week!
So, what is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
Rules for Being Nominated:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and links back to his/her blog.
-Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
-Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.
-List these rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and on your blog.
Here are the questions I got:
1. If you have $1 million USD what would you do with it?
Do you want the normal answer (pay off debit?) Or the fun answer (buy a yacht?) Hah.
But in all seriousness, I would do the boring things like pay off my debt. But I’d also love to finish paying for my wedding. I’d buy my mom a house and get her anything she wanted, same for my mother-in-law.
If anything was leftover, I’d use the money to take some time off of work so I could focus more on my business without having to worry about bills. Maybe buy a new car? Although that’s not a priority!
2. You just started your own charity. What is the cause? How is the money spent?
I’d say a homeless shelter. I was considering saying a women’s only shelter and we would focus on getting women monthly feminine and hygiene products. I hear (and can imagine) that it could sometimes be a choice between eating and buying pads!
But, then I got to thinking. Homeless shelters should be all-inclusive. I wouldn’t want to turn anyone away!
I’d use the money to shelter people from the elements, provide spaces for them to stay clean and have a soup kitchen as well!
3. Do you have anyone that holds you accountable for your goals? If so, who? If not, who should it be?
I have two answers to this question. The first answer would be me. You can’t count on someone else to push you 100% of the time. Not only is it unrealistic, but it’s also unfair to them. Your goals are there for you, not them. So above all, you have to be your biggest motivator first.
After that, I have my husband. Because regardless, we all need a push from time to time and my husband is that for me. He is so supportive of my goals and dreams and always gives me that extra push when I need it!
4. In what ways have you changed as a person in the past 10 years?
I don’t think this question was meant for someone at the ripe age of 21, haha. Because I’ve changed a lot since I was 11 but that’s not inspirational or interesting in the slightest. I hope everyone makes a 10-year change at that point!
So I’m going to change up the question a bit and check out how I’ve changed in the past 5-6 years. Which is only since high school still, but I have changed a lot!
Years ago, I was in a different place mentally. I thought I needed to go to school and get a degree. I thought it was the only way to be successful because that was what my family thought and society force-feds us as soon as we start going to school.
I’ve changed so much mentally, in what I hope will be for the better and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!
5. How do you determine success?
The number 1 thing is success is different for everybody. We all know that. But I think you could even go so far as to say success is different at every stage of your life.
So, right now, success for me is to build a small money-making blog. I don’t need to make thousands of dollars off my blog, just enough to cover what I need to live. Simple, it’s all I really need.
In the future, I want financial freedom. I want to be the stay at home business mom who makes sure my kids won’t have to worry about money. That would be a success for me.
6. What is the best compliment you’ve gotten about your blog?
At the moment, my blog is very new. But surprisingly, even so, I’ve had quite a few comments on it. One compliment that stood out to me came through on Twitter I believe.
A guy checked out my blog and said he really liked the style of it. He could see I had put a lot of hard work into it. Which was just awesome! I did put a ton of work into my blog, and the fact that it was being conveyed the way I hoped was amazing!
7. What other interests do you have besides blogging?
I really love crafting and being creative. Writing, drawing, and crocheting. Reading is a lot of fun, even though I don’t do it as much as I used to.
8. Where would you live if you could choose anywhere in the world, and why?
Honestly, as boring as it may sound, I’m pretty happy where I am. I’m a homebody if you ever saw one. So I’m pretty content right here in the middle of Michigan.
There are places that sound nice to visit though. California, because I love beaches and warmth. London because it sounds beautiful and cozy. And even Canada. It seems so peaceful and chill up there. Like does anything ever go wrong in Canada?!
9. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really young I wanted to be a librarian. Weird right? I just liked reading so much, I thought it was the perfect fit!
But when I got into high school I decided I wanted to be an interior designer, which I actually went to college for. After a few years in college, I decided that maybe that wasn’t the path for me either.
I took a break from school to catch up on the bills and get ready for my wedding mostly. But a bigger part of my decision for a break was I’m just not that into school right now! I’ll pick it up again later when I either find a new degree or a new school.
10. What are three things you’ve learned about running your own blog?
-Blogging and consistency is hard
I used to look at online creators, like Youtubers, (and still do) and go “wow that looks so easy!” “All they do is record a few videos and post them! They look like they are having so much fun!”
And now that I do things like online creation myself, its like duuuhhh they look like they are having fun. Who would want to watch if they weren’t? Its the same thing with writing.
“All they do it write blog posts!” 100% super not true. And while it is still fun, I can’t believe the amount of work that goes into running a blog!
It’s not all fun and games its real, hard work!
-People don’t just give you money once you start a blog, you actually have to work for it
I, like many other beginner bloggers, fell into the trap that “making money blogging is easy”. It’s not. Apparently, someone doesn’t come up to you after you’ve been blogging and say “Congrats! You’ve been blogging for a month, here’s $100!”
I learned that the hard way after month 1… And 2… and 3. Basically up until now (because while this blog is new, this isn’t my first blog!)
Currently, I’m learning how to affiliate market, from Michelle who makes $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing! If you’d like to see the course where she shares all of her best tips, check it out here!
-The 80-20 rule
If you’ve been searching around the blogging world for a little while, you may have heard of the 80/20 rule of blogging.
If you haven’t, the 80/20 rule just means that 80 percent of your time should be spent promoting your blog content, while 20 percent should be spent actually writing. Crazy right?
But it’s true. And when you think about it, it’s not actually that hard to believe. It’s likely that you will be posting on your blog 1-2 times a week. But you should be promoting your content every single day. Even multiple times a day.
Think about how fast social media goes. Go on to any social media platform. Check out the posts you see. Now close it and refresh the page. In seconds you have TONS of new posts, from various different people.
If you don’t spend your time promoting consistently, you will get lost in the sea of posts.
11. If you could switch lives with one person for a day (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Honestly, I don’t think I’d switch lives with anyone. Not only because I don’t like to do too many things outside of my comfort zone. but I also wouldn’t want to subject anyone to have to live my life for a day. My job is the worst! Haha
But, in all seriousness, I love my life and wouldn’t even want to miss it for a day. I’d miss my fiance too much!!
Now for all the people I have nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!
1. Ell- BossGirlBloggers
2. Ali Quinn- heyitsaliquinn
3. Taylor Cooper- Charcoal_Grace
4. Lindsey Puls- HavClothWilTrav
5. Lauren Lim- thelimbylim
6. Tamika- @tamikacgraham
7. Jenni- HousewifeHustle
8. My Writing Corner- corner_writing
9. Michelle- SenseofCents
10. The Female Hustle- femalehustles
11. Lovelifelavish- lovelifelavish1
1. What advice would you give to your younger self?
2. What is your biggest dream/goal to achieve?
3. Why did you start blogging?
4. What advice would you give to other bloggers?
5. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
6. What was the first concert you went to? How was it?
7. You just won the million-dollar lottery! What do you do with the money?
8. What did you want to be when you grew up?
9. Who is your biggest inspiration?
10. What’s your favorite book/movie?
11. What would be your dream vacation?
Thanks for checking out my Sunshine blogger award, and I hope everyone enjoyed their questions!